New local history reports

The Sydney Harbour Trust’s 1918 rendering of the Walsh Bay redevelopment (ANMM).

During 2017 and 2018, the Walsh Bay Precinct Association surveyed all the images and documents that are generally available to explain the history of this colourful stretch of Sydney’s waterfront. Walsh Bay resident Dr Davina Jackson (editor of this site) produced two slide presentations and two reports to help define how this precinct developed both before and after the early 20th century land reclamations designed by Henry Deane Walsh.

The Walsh Bay report proposed that Walsh Bay should be recognised as a new waterfront suburb using boundaries already defined as a conservation zone.

The Dawes Point report suggested that the existing suburb of Dawes Point, which occupies half of the Walsh Bay precinct, should be abolished as a suburb west of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It supported recent NSW government conservation management reports that clarified the history and  boundaries of Dawes Point (Tar-ra) Park—substantially positioned east of the bridge.

The first Walsh Bay slideshow was presented to the Walsh Bay Precinct Association board meeting in late 2017.

A second slideshow (including Dawes Point and Campbells Cove) was presented to the Travellers Club of the Geographical Society of NSW in September 2018.